Panevėžys town municipality

  Administrative centre – Panevėžys
  Area – 50 km² (0.6 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 113 653 (40 % of the county’s population)

Panevėžys is a capital of Aukštaitija region. It is one of the biggest towns in Lithuania, located in North Lithuania. It is crossed by the Nevėžis River, which gave a name to the town. The highest percentage share (48.9 %) of the municipality is made up of built-up area, while agricultural land makes up 33.3 %, forests – 0.6 %, roads – 4.4 %, water bodies – 2.2 %, other land – 10.6 % of the municipality.

Panevėžys is a centre of the county, town municipality and district municipality. The history of the town starts in the year 1503, when the Grand Duke of Lithuania, the King of Poland Alexander in his letter to the vicar of a Ramygala church concerning the granting of lands between the Nevėžis and Lėvuo rivers mentions Panevėžys. In 1791–1792, it had a right of self-government. Although self-government had been introduced, a respective privilege was not granted. At the end of the 19th–beginning of the 20th century, Panevėžys became what it is today – a big regional economic and cultural centre. In the interwar period (1918–1939), the town grew considerably. In 1919–1940 and 1944–1950, it was a county centre. In the Soviet era, the town was within the republican jurisdiction.

Panevėžys is a growing, enlarging town, influencing the development of the region. Its geographic location is favourable – at the crossing of key Lithuanian highways, the international Via Baltica highway; it is crossed by a railway and a narrow-gauge railway, used for tourism purposes. Over five centuries, the town grew to become a relatively big industrial centre, where food (beer, sugar, grain milling) and light (linen products) industry is developed. Although small and medium business predominates in Panevėžys, large enterprises function successfully there as well. A public company Panevėžio statybos trestas is one of the biggest constriction companies in the country, a public company Panevėžio keliai – one of the biggest companies in the town. There is the only industrial park (Norwegian) in Lithuania. Panevėžys has considerable potential to become the main north-eastern gates of Lithuania, a strategic centre of logistics, national progressive technologies and industry, the capital ofAukštaitija region that would be attractive to business and investment.

Panevėžys is the cultural, educational and art centre of the region. The town is famed for the J. Miltinis Drama Theatre. The legendary theatre and its drama school over decades became a certain myth in the theatrical life of the country and beyond its boundaries. There is also a unique Panevėžys puppet theatre, which in summertime travels to Lithuanian townships and villages. Near the cut-off Nevėžis riverbed, there is a park of decorative sculptures. Panevėžys is often called a mecca of ceramicists. The international symposiums of ceramicists held in Panevėžys (16 symposiums, which gathered together 135 artists from 30 countries) brought the town to the fore in the world. Panevėžys is also famed for its fotoartists. There is a faculty of the Kaunas University of Technology and a college. Main cultural monuments – the Church of Christ the King (20th century), the building of the former Upytė county court (17th century), the monument to the King Alexander, sculptures of The Piper (Dūdorius) and The Milky Way (Paukščių takas).

Useful links
Panevėžys town municipality
Panevėžys county tourism information centre
Panevėžys art gallery
Panevėžys Local Lore Museum
Aukštaitija narrow-gauge railway
Art glass studio